If you’ve read even just a few of the baked good recipes here on Simply Quinoa, then you know that I love using toasted quinoa flour. Toasted quinoa flour has a wonderful nutty quality to it, that really enhances the flavor of recipes. With the recipes on the site, you can always opt to use untreated quinoa flour, as the texture remains the same, but the taste of the finished dish will vary slightly.
Why toast quinoa flour in the first place?
The main reason why I choose to toast my quinoa flour is for taste. Quinoa flour has a very bold flavor, almost grass-like and a little bitter, that sometimes can overpower a recipe. I have found that with a gentle toast, the flavors balance out and helps make quinoa flour even more versatile.
And the best part? Toasting quinoa flour is really easy!
How to Toast Quinoa Flour
This is my preferred method for toasting quinoa flour because of the consistency in flavor. While it does take a little bit of extra time, it’s worth it. I recommend making a big batch and storing for later use.
1 lb bag of quinoa flour
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Pour quinoa flour onto a baking sheet, spread to form a thin, uniform layer.
- Bake on the center rack for 1 hour, mixing flour around every 20 minutes to prevent burning.
- Cool completely before using or storing.
How to Toast Quinoa Flour (the speedy way)
Sometimes you’re craving some pancakes and you just don’t have time to wait to toast your quinoa flour in the oven – I totally get that! For those of us who are short on time, here’s a quick way to toast quinoa flour on the fly. I will say, I don’t find the flavor to be quite as good with this method. It’s still delicious, but the oven method has a softer more balanced flavor.
½ cup quinoa flour
- Heat dry skillet over low heat.
- Add quinoa flour and toss until toasted, 5 – 10 minutes.
- As quinoa flour begins to toast, toss around fairly frequently to avoid burning.
- Cool completely before using.
Storing your Toasted Quinoa Flour
Many people believe that quinoa flour should be stored in the fridge or freezer as it tends to go rancid. I haven’t found that to be the case in all my years of cooking with it, but it all depends on the climate that you live in. I like to store my quinoa flour in a cool dry place, usually in a lower cabinet in my kitchen, or a pantry. Lower cabinets tend to be cooler since the heat in your kitchen will rise.
If you are new to cooking with quinoa flour, I recommend trying the storage method above, but make sure to smell the flour before using it to see if it has gone rancid. If you find that your quinoa flour is spoiling in your cabinet, store it in the fridge or freezer. When stored in the fridge or freezer, make sure to allow the flour to come to room temperature before baking with it!
My favorite recipes using toasted quinoa flour: